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The key to a warm, energy efficient home during the cold winter months is good insulation. It prevents the cold from getting in, and the heat from getting out. But while insulating the roof and walls of your home go a long way toward keeping it warm, and reducing your energy bill, windows create a challenge, since they are often responsible for a significant amount of escaping heat.
It's one of the reasons homebuilders and remodelers use vinyl windows in their projects. Whether in a new home, or as replacements in an older one, vinyl windows have numerous advantages, and are fast becoming a popular, economical alternative to wood, aluminum and fiberglass not only because they are energy efficient, but also because they are easy to install, extremely durable and are virtually maintenance free.
Tuscany® Series Vinyl Windows – available from Milgard Windows and Doors - offers traditional designs that are very similar to the architectural styling of wood windows. Available in a broad range of operating styles, innovative features such as the SmartTouch® lock make them perfect for "Aging in Place" remodeling. The patent pending window and door handle and lock system is so easy to operate, it recently received an Arthritis Foundation Ease-Of-Use Commendation.
Opting for Milgard's Tuscany Series vinyl windows ensures a perfect fit since they are custom made to the exact specifications of each home at no additional cost. And for added peace of mind, customers will receive Milgard's Full Lifetime Glass Breakage Coverage for as long as you own your home.
"Not only did the window really upgrade the front of the house, but when an issue developed after 10 years [they] immediately fixed the problem," one customer said. "The representative was out within two days to replace the panel [and] he was courteous and professional. We were amazed to have this kind of quality assurance from a company," she said.
In addition to excellent service, Milgard customers also reported savings on cooling and heating costs within just one month of installation. Tuscany Vinyl Replacement windows may be built to meet or exceed Energy Star standards in all climate zones, and rebates are available under weatherization programs in Utah for both residential and commercial customers.
For more information on these rebates, available from Questar Gas Company and Rocky Mountain Power, please visit the links below.
Questar Gas Company Residential Rebate Program: http://www.thermwise.com/home/Weatherization.php
Rocky Mountain Power Residential Program: http://www.homeenergysavings.net/Utah/windows_insulation/windows.html
Rocky Mountain Power Commercial Incentive Program: http://www.rockymountainpower.net/bus/se/utah/il/be.html